Singer's singer Daryle Singletary bravely takes on some of country's finest stylists and best-loved songs with this nod to the greats that sidesteps the obvious and goes for the best.

Singer's singer Daryle Singletary bravely takes on some of country's finest stylists and best-loved songs with this nod to the greats that sidesteps the obvious and goes for the best. He teams with Bakersfield disciple Dwight Yoakam on a spunky "Love's Gonna Live Here," beautifully covers George Jones on "Walk Through This World With Me," and smolders with authority on Conway Twitty's "I'd Love to Lay You Down." More obscure stuff like John Wesley Riles' "Kay" and Merle Haggard's funny "Make-Up and Faded Blue Jeans" (with Riles and Hag, respectively) all work very well. The lone new offering is the title cut, a well-written midtempo loaded with personality. Beyond the instant classic it obviously is, the record also demonstrates how far country music has strayed from country music.—RW

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